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Richmond Progressive Alliance   

Learn More about the Undue Influence of Money in Politics TOMORROW at 6:30pm
9/26: Save 3-5:30pm for RPA Membership's Vote on Proposed Bylaws!
8/18: Tell the Sups NO to Jail Expansion & Yes to Health Care Access!
Tu. @ 6: Workshop on Climate Action Plan
Wed. 8/19: MCE Solar One Advocates Needed
Fri. 8/21: Citywide Ceasefire Walk
Sat. Noon-5: Richmond Our Power Fest
And Labor Benefit Barbecue, 2-6pm
Sun. at noon in Glen Ellen: See The Iron Heel

Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
1021 Macdonald,


Since we don't take corporate money,  our success depends on our ability to use "people power" to promote activities and programs in Richmond. The RPA Activist is one tool we use to put out our ideas. One simple thing that YOU can do is to forward the RPA Activist to friends and acquaintances. Thanks.


Tomorrow, Mon. 8/15, 6:30-8pm, Whittlesey Rm. (Main Library)
A Summer of Our Power Event: Money in Politics



See slides of highlights (& some low blows!) from the last City Council campaign season and then join in discussion with Councilmember Gayle McLaughlin.

Plan for Sat. 9/2615, 3-5:30pm at 1021 Macdonald, Bylaws vote
Members Meeting on proposed restructuring.

All members will receive a link to the proposed new RPA bylaws in a day or two.  We hope you'll have a chance to read them over and evaluate them.  They're the product of extensive discussions on how to make the RPA a more transparent, effective, democratic, and --wait for it!-- fun organization.

All amendments must be submitted by Tuesday September 8, to allow members a chance to review and discuss them.

In order to be considered at the meeting, an amendment must have the support of 5 members (including the submitter(s)).

Once bylaws have been approved by the membership, the Nominations Committee will be seeking potential candidates interested in serving on the new Steering Committee, which will be elected later this fall.

In order to participate in this process, you need to be a current RPA member.  Of course you can join or renew at the September 26th meeting, but it would be really helpful if you paid-up in advance.  Minimum dues are $12/year, to make it easier for low income folks. More is encouraged and appreciated.  

If you'd like to join now, follow this link to the membership form.  Print and complete the form and mail it in with a check for your dues to RPA, PO Box 160, Station A, Richmond, CA 94808. Or, to avoid printing and snail-mailing, you can:
We hope to see you at this historic meeting, as we kick off a new decade of progress with the Richmond Progressive Alliance! Help make it fun!
Tues. 8/18, 8am carpools, 9am meeting: Contra Costa Sups.
Oppose Jail Expansion & Invest in Health Care

To carpool, be at the ACCE office, 322 Harbour Way, in the back parking lot at 8am.  The Board of Supervisors meet in Room 107 at 651 Pine St, Martinez, CA at 9am.  

Sign up to speak against the Sheriff's proposal for jail expansion in Richmond and speak up for investing in Contra Costa CARES, supporting access to health care for undocumented adults. Let's tell the County to invest in services in and for the community.   
Tues. 8/18, 6-7:30pm, Richmond Memorial Auditorium:
Richmond Climate Action Plan Workshop

From the City announcement: "Interested in building a more healthy community? Creating local jobs? Reducing pollution? 

"The Climate Action Plan will serve as a roadmap for the City to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change on the public health, infrastructure, ecosystems, and public spaces in our community. The plan development is underway and it's important that we have broad input from all community members to ensure we develop a plan that best meets the needs for the community.  

"Food and refreshments will be provided. Please kindly RSVP so we know how much to order. More information about the plan can be found at www.richmondclimateaction.org
Wed. 8/19, 5:30pm, Advocates Meeting, Richmond Room, then 
Show support for MCE's 'Solar One' Project at 7

MCE  (Marin Clean Energy) and the City of Richmond will be hosting an advocates meeting at 5:30pm in the Richmond Room of the Auditorium, prior to the project's EIR hearing at 7pm in City Council Chambers.  

MCE's Solar One project is part of the Community Benefits Agreement made by Chevron last summer as a condition of approval of its modernization project.  Key features (from MCE community development manager Alex DiGiorgio) include:
  • Big impact: At 10.5 MW, this solar facility will be the largest of its kind in Northern CA once it's complete. In the first year of operation, MCE's Solar One is expected to generate approximately 20,000 MWh of renewable power.
  • Local jobs: This project has a 50% minimum local hire requirement.   [Local here means residents of Richmond, N. Richmond, & San Pablo.]  We are working directly with RichmondBUILD to implement this requirement and train the next generation of green collar workers. Those employed on this project will be paid at prevailing wages, and MCE has invited local unions to partner together on the construction of the project. 
  • Made in America: The project developer (Stion -  http://www.stion.com) with whom MCE has contracted is based in San Jose, and the solar panels are manufactured in the United States.   
  • Smart land use: The project site is a capped landfill (aka 'brownfield) which cannot be used for any other purpose. It is being leased by Chevron at a nominal cost of $1/yr. [However, see the point right below the bullets!]
  • Direct, voluntary ratepayer support: The project will be directly supported by MCE's Deep Green customers. Half of the additional $0.01/kWh it costs for MCE's 100% renewable option is reserved in our Local Renewable Development Fund. This revenue source will help pay for pre-development costs associated with the project.
The hearing is also an opportunity to protest Chevron's taking the 30% federal tax credit. Almost one-third of MCE's cost to build it will go to Chevron! This  move is legal because, although Chevron is leasing the property to MCE, it is still the owner. Not a surprise, but it's another opportunity to shame Chevron for its greed and willingness to take advantage of government loopholes.  

PG&E and others have organized opposition to the project.  Come out in support!  

Fri. 8/21, Starting at 5pm from 684 Juliga Woods St. 
All-City Ceasefire Walk: Choose 2 B Alive & Free! 

This photo by Ann Bassette (from The Richmond Pulse) is of the All-City
Ceasefire Walk in July. For inspiration, read this article, "The Night My View of Richmond Changed," by Ronvel Sharper!

Each week, folks walk through the Richmond neighborhoods most heavily impacted by gun violence, holding "Honk for Peace" signs, urging everyone to choose to be "Alive and Free." Friday evening will be the second All-City Ceasefire Walk of 2015.

Here are key meeting points and planned arrival times on the route:
  • Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 684 Juliga Woods St., 5pm
  • Pullman Point, Carlson Blvd. at Pullman Ave., 6pm
  • New Gethsemane Church of God, 3100 Roosevelt Ave., 7:15pm
  • Greater Abundant Life Ministries, 671 9th St., 8pm
  • North Richmond Missionary Baptist Church, 8:30pm
A large bicycle contingent is also anticipated, so you can choose to walk or to ride!

Sat. 8/22, 12-5pm, Greenway at 16th & Ohio:
Richmond Our Power Festival

Plans for the Festival include:
  •  a bike-powered music concert, 
  • a cash-free swap, 
  • urban farming know-how, 
  • a solar-powered popsicle truck, 
  • preventive health screenings, 
  • a farmer's market, 
  • and many more!

As well as enjoying the other delights,

be sure to make a stop at the RPA table! 


After the festival, how about some barbecue?
Benefit for Teamsters for a Democratic Union

Also on Sat. 8/22, 2-6pm, at 747 Lobos Ave. in Richmond (the home of Steve Early & Suzanne Gordon).  

Wiith TDU national organizer Ken Paff.  Learn more about what's at stake in their upcoming elections. Get more info here and email in your  RSVP.       

Sun. 8/23, noon at Jack London State Historic Park*
See The Iron Heel at Jack London's ranch

Presented by the Iron Heel Theatre Collective and Signdance Collective International and based on the novel by Jack London, the story chronicles the rise of an oligarchic tyranny in the United States and the movement to resist and defeat it.

This dramatic multimedia production --with masks, puppetry, dance, performance, and live music-- lasts about an hour. It will be staged in the winery ruins at the ranch. Make a day of it at the park! The performance is free ($10 parking), although donations will be requested and very gladly accepted.  Proceeds beyond production expenses will go to the Richmond Progressive Alliance, the Sunflower Alliance, and Signdance Collective International.

Here's the event's Facebook page.

*2400 London Ranch Rd., Glen Ellen CA, about 1 hr. from Richmond.
Directions here.  Carpool with friends!

Some History and Understanding of the RPA
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Long article with pictures 

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RPA Activist Info

is for Richmond community members who want to be active in taking on the problems of the environment, racism, joblessness, housing, and crime to create a healthy Richmond. We believe that community involvement means more than voting every two years. It means regular communication with the candidates we elect, letting them know our issues and positions, supporting them as they try to take our issues forward. It means we attend meetings, use email, phone our neighbors, or go on marches building an organized movement to create real change.

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